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  1. In fairness to the park, I have not been anywhere recently that is actually still enforcing social distancing in common areas. It’s treated as a suggestion at this point. As others have mentioned, the CDC has found that the risk of exposures from surfaces is extremely low. I should also add that you should not being going to a theme park if you are worried about social distancing. If you are willingly going to a place you know there will be thousands of strangers, you are assuming the risks with that.
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  2. Well tell them to slow down and chill out before they break it...
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  3. I'd honestly be more desirous of going if this were an upcharge day.
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  4. Thanks so much for the help, everyone! We've got everything booked for Saturday (and I need Sunday to do school work) so we won't be able to take advantage of the preview days, but it sounds like we'll be rushing back to Fahrenheit and Laff Trak first before hitting everything else. If we see Skyrush/Candymonium with really short lines we'll head there early too. Looking forward to my first visit and I'll report back on how crowds are!
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  5. After the fun introduction with the Mini-Europe it was time for the big USA coaster trip Midwest 2007 I had no idea about what parks and rides i would visit so was in for a surprise. It had also been 7 years since i had visited the USA and 6 years since i had done a trip where i had to speak english the entire time. Challenge accepted Anyway, i can already say i had a blast. ok enough bla bla First stop (after gathering everybody at the airport and filling the busses.. Coney Island (yes there is another besides the one near the ocean see it really says Coney Island it has a fun coaster some crazy slides the adults could also use and even some bumper boats. fun times and a nice way to start the trip. Hope you like the trip through memory lane, keep responding and i'll keep posting things. Many many pictures. trips and years left to go
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  6. I miss traveling overseas!!! Thanks for the updates Hanno, keep them up.
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  7. Bert nailed it here, you definitely want to take advantage of the preview night. The park tends to empty out later in the evening with all the families, so the lines really die down the last 2 hours or so. The last time I visited, I was able to knock out 3-4 rides each on Skyrush, Storm Runner, and Fahrenheit during the preview period. Laff Track tends to be one of the longer lines in the park due to the lower capacity and its wide appeal, so that's another one you may want to ride during the preview period or first thing in the morning.
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  8. Looking at 2 days at BGT, 1 at SWO. The three day ticket sounds like the best option, right? Has anyone else purchased? $132 seems like a great deal. Enjoy three parks for about $44/park at any combination of our theme parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. Fine print - Ticket Details. Valid for three (3) visit to Florida Parks (SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Adventure Island).
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  9. I LOVE these photos. Phantasialand blew me away in ways I didn't even know was possible... And dear god... if you get an unbalanced ride on Winjas it will change your life!!!
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  10. Yeah, you’re much better off just thoroughly washing your hands every couple of hours while you’re at a theme park than you are relying on a half-assed “sanitizing” of ride vehicles. Not just from covid, but you know, the common cold, flu, etc. Thanks for the report, Vekomakid. Hopefully by June when the governor out there says all covid restrictions can be lifted, we won’t have to deal with reservations/cut capacity/blocked rows, etc.
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  11. I'm very covid cautious, but even the CDC recently said that transmission of covid from a surface is basically non-existent. I figure that's a pretty good reason for them to stop with the cleaning of surfaces. The social distancing is tough, because it depends on so many other people, and people visit amusement parks not to think. But I've generally found if you politely ask people to keep space, they generally will. Keep masking up and get that vaccine, and with most of the queues being outdoors anyway, you'll likely be fine.
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  12. Hey everyone! I went to Magic Mountain yesterday (April 13th) and wanted to share some thoughts. First, my ride count for the day with how long I waited for each: Twisted Colossus-20 min Drop of Doom-15 min Superman-45 min (including 20min breakdown) Viper-10 min X2-1 hr 20min Scream-15 min Tatsu-15 min Overall I had a good day and managed to get on more rides than anticipated. Operations were a mixed bag with multiple rides going down throughout the day. However, no breakdown lasted more than 30 minutes and crowds completely cleared out once open. On the positive side, Tatsu was running both stations and Twisted Colossus dueled quite frequently. Long wait times were easily avoided in the morning and closing time, but in the afternoon every major ride had at least an hour wait (hence my X2 wait above). Now on to how they’re handling the pandemic. Mask compliance was fine with a handful of noses sticking out every once in a while, but not any worse than like your local mall. 6 feet distancing was certainly a problem though with markers being completely ignored in queues and stations (especially Twisted Colossus and Tatsu). I know this mostly falls on the park guest to do their part, but when the station is overcrowded there should a little bit of crowd control from the workers. Also, not once did I see any sort of sanitizing on the coasters. Supposedly they sanitize every 30 minutes, but It didn’t happen at all yesterday on the trains or railings in the queues, which is concerning. Overall, I was happy to be back after over a year of no theme parks. I don’t know if I’ll come back anytime soon though with how they’re handling the pandemic. I can’t really blame Six Flags as it’s the park guests that aren’t spacing out in lines correctly. But I feel six flags could try a bit harder to fix these problems. Anyway, I had a decent day but there were times I felt uncomfortably close to others in lines and stations, and the lack of sanitizing was very apparent. Lmk if you have any questions and I could try to answer them.
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  14. For anyone who was curious, here is Jersey Devil Coaster's controls! So shinny!!
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  15. I just bought plane tickets for Dragon*con (not bad at all: ~$234 for round trip from Texas to Atlanta. (prior to this, what I bought was a bag of tacos in Seguin, while I was across the street visiting ZDT for the first time to ride the Switchback RollerCoaster. These Tacos were *legit* and worth the trip to Seguin alone.
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  16. Better to get it right than rush it. SFMM opened without numerous flat rides, both water rides closed, and terribly long food lines. I actually think knotts is being smart by doing so much passholder only availability so they don’t take up as many spots when general tickets are available.
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  17. ^ You're aware they probably need to go through a huge hiring/re-hiring process and fully train all of those employees on operations and all of the other madness that requires a theme park to actually run, right? Passholders get two weeks early and they're basically the debugging crowd before the GP storms the park like a bunch of rabid hyenas.
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  18. Way to walk around vlogging with your masks off all day. Also, some constructive criticism: the music in your vlogs absolutely blows.
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  19. Finally got to hit this amazing park on Sunday the 11th since last year's closure. Arrived around 10:45 for an 11:15 reservation. Surprisingly scored the best parking I've ever gotten at Magic Mountain, just beyond Hurricane Harbor. Went straight to Full Throttle. Took about 90 minutes. The capacity on this thing right now with COVID is super duper low. Very slow line, and it got PACKED by the time we got off. Went on to Twisted Colossus. The employees were absolutely killing it. Pumping trains out left and right. We also got in a solid race (What an experience. Love this coaster till the end of time. Such violent ejector airtime and such a smooooth ride). Line only took about 25 minutes, though I saw it got more crowded later in the day. Then hit Apocalypse. The line didn't look too bad but it moved SLOWLY. Operations weren't the best at this coaster. Took about 80ish minutes to get on. However, I really forgot how great this woodie is. It was a violent, amazing ride, with some great pops of air. Solid coaster. We ate at the Chicken Coupe. Food was a total miss. Hockey puck bun and dry chicken (yum). Some of the things we let theme parks get away with is criminal LOL. Then got on Tatsu. Employees here were also killing it. Running both sides of the station and sending trains out as quickly as possible. It's running at full capacity, because I believe the rows are already 6ish feet apart? Anyways, got on the back seat. Pretzel loop for the win. Running super smooth, too. Ended the day at good ole' X2, perhaps my favorite coaster of all time. This too had great operations. It was running at full capacity (like Tatsu, I'm assuming, bc the rows are so far apart). Sat in the backseat. What a DROP. Feels like your soul is getting yanked out of your body. Truly iconic. And missed that final drop. Got to sneak on the last train of the night and ride in the back one more time. God, I love this thing. Such a good, solid, intense, crazy coaster. And it's running amazingly. *make sure to keep your head glued to the head rest, and you'll have the ride of your life* Overall, very solid experience. I've usually gotten on more rides pre-pandemic, but I can't complain. The park is open, I went on a Sunday, and I still got to get on the top 3. Didn't bother with WCR. Some trains only had 4 people on them, and the line looked looooooong. Can't wait to ride in the future, though. Regarding COVID, the social distancing in the lines wasn't the best. Didn't really feel like they were distanced at all, honestly, for the majority of the day. But I don't blame the park for that. I blame the park goers. I didn't really mind though, since I'm a lot less worried now that things are better in California. Hopefully in the future, as cases continue to drop and vaccines are even more widespread, the park can run coasters at full capacity. But for now, I'm happy with this
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  20. I'd imagine they set aside a certain number of tickets for passholders, and a certain number for day ticket purchasers. Otherwise, I could imagine quite easily that large membership demand could nearly lock out any one else possibly hoping to get a 1 day ticket.
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  21. I think the screens look fine, but it’s definitely not the same establishing shot. It’s also a peeve of mine that there’s no screens or effects above you (even a dang shadow gobo light would have worked) even though the mosasaurus goes over you. without the establishing shot and more “peaceful” dinosaurs, the story progresses too quickly through the stereotypical “it’s a theme park ride, things have to start off good before going terribly wrong.” TL;DR: everything looks good, the storytelling just falls flat.
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  22. The internet rumors (emphasize on rumor) are that was delayed or canceled as a result of the pandemic. Assuming that to be the case, business will quickly recover once all restrictions are lifted, so I can’t imagine it will be shelved for too long. Probably on the back half of the decade.
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  23. The park is not open this Friday, so the preview plan doesn't appear to be an option in this case. Since they are not doing early entry in April, I would ride Candymonium right away only if you're at the front of the line in the morning. This is the most sensitive ride at the park to close due to winds, but it doesn't look windy on Saturday so you'd probably be fine anyways. That line dies in the middle of the day. Since this is your first visit, I would recommend hitting Skyrush early just in case it pulls an Intamin and goes down for whatever reason. If you want the front row, this may be your best chance since the front row queue starts ridiculously early so it often backs up. I much prefer the back anyway. From there, your priority should be to get back to Fahrenheit and LaffTrakk as soon as possible. It's possible to hit Great Bear or Comet on the way if they haven't built up lines yet. Those two coasters will likely have the worst lines for the remainder of the day. If you haven't gotten on Comet yet, I would hit that in the final hour when the line is its shortest. And then if you plan to do the dark ride, jump into the queue right before close. It has a painstakingly slow moving line and I hate burning time in the middle of the day for it. The park should be doable without Fast Track this early in the season, but you can always buy it if needed. My issue with their Fast Track is that the merge point is pretty far back on quite a few rides.
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